Manchester United Team News: expect squad rotation for Reading

Mike Hewitt

There will be some squad rotation for Monday's FA Cup tie with Reading.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson held his weekly press conference earlier today and during it, he said to expect some squad rotation for Monday night's FA Cup with Reading.

"We've come through Wednesday's game [at Real Madrid] without any injuries. That's the best thing, apart from the result of course. I'll make some changes for Monday night, even though it’s an incentive to get to the quarter-final. I don’t think that’s lost on any of the players. There's a good spirit in place and they're all contributing. Whatever side I pick we’re expected to qualify. That's what happens at United. Whatever team you play you’re always expected to win. I went to see Reading last week and they’re a team who are showing plenty of fighting qualities at the moment, as you’d expect given they’re down the bottom of the league. We'll take nothing for granted. In the FA Cup you always expect the unexpected. It happens so many times. You just hope you're not a casualty or a shock. We've had a few over the years. But I can't be more pleased than I am at the moment with the form and spirit in the place. It’s good."

- Ferguson | Source: ManUtd.com

United's next fixture after Monday's cup tie is a Premier League clash on Saturday at Queens Park Rangers. That should be enough days of rest in between that some first-choice players could feature twice next week. It's also an opportunity for many of those who didn't feature against Real Madrid to get a game. It's probably a decent bet to anticipate Javier Hernandez (Chicharito) -- an unused substitute at the Bernabeu -- to start as it might be for some struggling or recently returned from injury wingers in Antonio Valencia, Nani, and Ashley Young. Anderson and Tom Cleverley seem very possible to start as well.

The gaffer also talked about how the midweek UEFA Champions League tie came too soon after Sunday's Everton match for captain Nemanja Vidic. The Serbian has yet to feature twice in a week since return from his surgically repaired knee. He could, though, get a start against the Royals due to them being a team that likes to attack down the flanks before pumping crosses into the box.

The only players unavailable due to fitness concerns for Monday's match are Darren Fletcher (illness) and Paul Scholes. The latter has had a knee issue as of late and that's the explanation for why he hasn't been featuring.

"It is a knee injury, which has been bothering him a bit. We have tried another treatment during the week. He will probably be back in another couple of weeks.

- Ferguson


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